Art Events at ArtsFest 2013

Living up to its name, Lyme Regis ArtsFest will be hosting a bumper number of visual art events during its up-coming festival (21-29 Sept).

The focal points are two group exhibitions at the Baptist Church Hall and Town Mill Galleries, open daily (10am-5pm), and an Art Trail of more than 100 shops that are displaying ArtsFest artists’ works in their windows or interiors.

Some 30 local artists are showcasing their recent work in a variety of 2D anMeet the Artistd 3D media in the congenial Baptist Church Hall setting.  The art displayed at the Malthouse and Town Mill Galleries is the outcome of ArtFest’s year-long re:collection project with the Lyme Regis Museum in which 38 artists, plus an entire Art Class, created new works of art inspired by objects in the Museum’s collections. The original objects can be tracked down via ‘The A-Z of re:collection’, a display in the Museum’s Rotunda Gallery opening the week before ArtsFest.  Several Meet the Artist sessions are planned at the two main venues, where schedules will be posted.

Six local artists will also be welcoming visitors at their own Open Studios.  Every afternoon (12-6), Brian Matravers’s acrylic and iPad portraits called ‘Faces of Lyme’ will be on show at The Ship Public House.  The results of a unique collaboration between Lyme and Nepalese communities for the re:collection initiative, ‘The Great and the Small’ is also open afternoons (12-5, 21-28 Sept) at Gail Sagman’s large studio at The Jam Factory, Lime Kiln Lane in Uplyme, ending with a special performance on Sat 28 Sept at 5.30pm.

Gail Nepal

On 22, 25 and 29 Sept (11am-4pm), visitors are encouraged to take An Outing to The Haven and Haven Cottage Studios in Harcombe, just outside Lyme. Here, the garden design, animation/illustration, framing, textile/painting and music studios of Alice Meacham, Keith Robinson, and Jennie and Adrian Pearson will be open for visits, cream teas and chats with the resident artists.

On 24 Sept, members of the Lyme Regis Art Society will be sketching in and around the Jubilee Pavilion (1.30-4.30), and that evening (7-9), Abundant Arts invites everyone to its Community Art event at the Powerboat Club where they can contribute to a joint piece of community art.

Finally, on the last weekend 28-29 Sept (11-4), ArtsFest artists will be setting up their stalls of affordable, hand-made goods and souvenirs in the Marine Parade Shelters for the ever popular Arts and Crafts Market, a fitting finale to a busy calendar of arts-related events.

Further details are available online ( or pick up the free ArtsFest brochure, now available in TICs, libraries and local shops in the region.

Published on 12/08/2013.

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